The New York Times reminds us in an editorial today that Judith Miller is still in jail for refusing to reveal a journalistic source. For those of you who are joining this late, we already mentioned this travesty of justice in a previous post.
The editorial goes on to say that if Ms. Miller hasn't cracked by now, it's not likely keeping her in jail another six weeks until the Grand Jury's term expires is going to produce any results. At this point, it's punitive, if it wasn't simply that all along.
If you have not already done so, please send a letter of support to this brave, smart woman who understands better than our government that secret sources are absolutely necessary to having a free and effective press.
Whatever your political persuasion, you are better off in a society where journalists can seek out the facts and report things that their sources could not reveal without anonymity. While less than perfect, this system is still superior by far to one where the newspapers are in thrall to the powers-that-be. So if you haven't done so already, write that letter!
Attn: Judith Miller
Inmate Number 45570083
Alexandria Detention Center
2001 Mill Rd
Alexandria, VA 22314-4600
Thanks to Viviane for this suggestion. Who says sex bloggers aren't civic-minded?